Odisha Honeytrap Racket: ‘Rs 3 Cr Demand & Threat To Cut Filmmaker Akshay Parija Into Pieces’
Bhubaneswar: Archana Nag, who was arrested last Thursday night on charges of extorting money from many influential persons by honey-trapping, on Monday moved the SDJM court in Odisha capital for bail. She is likely to appear before the magistrate on Tuesday, sources said on Monday.
Notably, the Commissionerate Police has written to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to share details of the deposits and financial transactions made by her while a probe is on to assess her assets and the companies functioning in her name.
Archana and her husband Jagabandhu amassed huge properties since their marriage four years ago. They own a palatial three-storey bungalow at Satya Vihar near Palasuni here.
Elaborating on her modus operandi, Bhubaneswar DCP on Sunday said that Archana befriended high-profile people on social media and blackmailed them by clicking their intimate photos with her and some other women of her gang for the purpose of extortion.
At least two ministers, including one from western Odisha, a senior BJP leader also from western Odisha, a former MLA, a veteran BJD leader and some bureaucrats had allegedly fallen victim to the racket.
In his FIR, filmmaker Akhyay Parija mentioned that Archana identified herself as a lawyer and blackmailed him saying that she had obscene videos of his with her client. “Archana struck a deal with me at a city-based posh hotel and demanded Rs 3 crore from me. She threatened to kill me by cutting me into pieces if I did not oblige,” it added.
Parija filed this complaint with Nayapalli police after a woman accused him of casting couch.
The DCP informed that the woman also lodged a complaint with Khandagiri police on October 2, alleging that she was trapped by Archana, who managed to win her confidence after striking a friendship. Later, she succeeded in taking her obscene photos and started blackmailing her. Archana had asked her to develop intimacy with Parija and blackmail him, he added.